For a model with origins tied to passenger protection, the 911 Targa offers an incredible combination of panache and performance.
And that combo of the visceral and practical – the roofless body style was originally marketed as a “safety” cabriolet “with anti-roll bar,” engineered to meet the stringent U.S. rollover regulations introduced in the ‘60s – must be quite attractive to Canadians since, in terms of the ratio among 911 buyers, we make up the world’s second-largest market for Targas.
Yup, only hometown Germany, where Targas make up 11.8 per cent of that country’s 911 sales, outdoes the 10.2-per-cent Targa penetration Porsche Canada enjoys.
Now you might think it an anomaly that two snowbound countries like Germany and Greater Canuckia favour open air motoring. But it doesn’t surprise Porsche; it’s a simple matter of taking advantage of what little sunshine we have. If Old Man Winter limits the number of sunny days you can enjoy, you want to make the most of them, now, don’t you?
OK, we’ve established that Canadians like Targas, but what has the 2021 version got for us?
Well, for one thing, there’s a bunch of power — even the base Targa 4’s 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six pumps out 380 horses and accelerates to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.2 seconds. Opt for the 4S version and that same engine pumps out 450 ponies and gets to 100 in just 3.6 seconds.
A decade ago, those were 911 Turbo numbers, and it needed 3.8 litres as well as two turbochargers to get there. As we’ve seen countless times before, reduced emissions and performance do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Oh, and by the way, even though the eight-speed (up one cog from the previous-gen Targa) dual-clutch PDK transmission is standard, the 4S can be had with Porsche’s seven-speed manual gearbox complete with – if you want peak performance – the Sport Chrono package.
As a sop to the all that increased performance, the 4S is also equipped with six-piston front brake calipers (the Targa 4 sports but four) and 10 millimetre wider tires all round (the 4S running on 305/30ZR21s in the rear, essentially the same size as last year’s Turbo and GT2). Like all current all-wheel-drive 911s, Porsche Torque Vectoring is available (standard on 4S and optional on the basic Targa) as well Porsche Active Suspension Management.
Particularly nifty is the Targa’s Wet Mode, which uses sensors in the wheel wells to determine road conditions and alert the driver that enhanced traction control is needed. The 4S will even, like all top-of-the-line 911 models, steer all four wheels, the better to turn into corners at high speed while increasing stability at high, do-not-pass-GO velocities.
Lastly, all new on the technology front is Porsche InnoDrive, an adaptive cruise control system that can predictively change cruising speeds according to road conditions three kilometres ahead. Using data from the navigation data, InnoDrive can calculate the optimum acceleration and deceleration values for all upcoming corners and then mates that with traffic information from radar and video sensors to optimize speed.
And in yet another convenience item, the SmartLift can be programmed to electro-hydraulically lift the front end some 40 mm for more ground clearance by remembering the GPS coordinates of troublesome garage entries or exaggerated curbs.
The new 911 Targa: Faster, safer, and now smarter.
Owner of Ford Mustang says angry neighbour filled his exhaust with foam
The owner of a Ford Mustang in Ohio recently woke up to an angry letter from his neighbour, complaining the exhaust on his vehicle was too loud.
But besides the note, the neighbour also left Aaron Robinson a nasty surprise: when he checked his Mustang’s exhaust, he’d found it had been filled with expanding foam.
The note dares Robinson to call the police or install video cameras to try and catch the people responsible, claiming nothing will work and that the only solution is to fix his too-loud muffler.
Robinson himself made some threatening comments toward the perpetrator, but it’s understandable why he’s angry. His muffler has been destroyed and now he’s been forced to fix it, and while the note demands he put the stock mufflers back on, it’s likely the system was already stock.
Ford introduced a “Good Neighbor Mode” on the Mustang a short while ago, which allowed the driver to quiet their exhaust on start-up, then turn it back up once they were on the highway or outside of their cul-de-sac.
It seems like Robinson might’ve neglected to choose or use that option, but that doesn’t mean he deserves to have his vehicle ruined.
Hopefully Robinson installs security cameras and files a police report to catch the people responsible. According to his Facebook post, it seems like he has some good friends in the car community who would be more than happy to make a lot more noise in front of the angry neighbour’s house.
Edited By Harry Miller
PlayStation Plus' June 2020 lineup includes Call of Duty: WWII, going free this week – MobileSyrup
PlayStation has revealed that Call of Duty: WWII will become free on PlayStation 4 for PlayStation Plus subscribers starting May 26th.
Interestingly, PlayStation says WWII counts as one of June’s free PS Plus games, despite it launching in late May. PlayStation promises to share more details on the June PS Plus lineup “later this week.”
Traditionally, PS Plus offers two free PlayStation 4 games per month, but given the unique release situation with WWII, it’s currently unclear if PlayStation is planning something a little different for the service in June.
PS Plus members: Call of Duty: WWII is part of the monthly games lineup for June, and will be available for download starting May 26.
We’ll share additional details of our monthly lineup later this week. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/ECVwca1cXq
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 25, 2020
In the meantime, PS Plus subscribers will be able to download WWII from May 26th to July 6th.
When it released in 2017, WWII marked a return to the Call of Duty series’ World War II-era roots. The campaign follows a squad in the U.S.’ 1st Infantry Division in the European theatre during the events of Operation Overlord. WWII also features Call of Duty‘s signature competitive multiplayer and cooperative Zombies modes.
Image credit: Activision
New overdose prevention app available in Interior Health region – iNFOnews
The Provincial Health Services Authority has launched a new app aimed at preventing those who use illicit drugs while by themselves from overdosing.
“The launch of this new resource couldn’t have come at a better time,” Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy said in a news release. “As we face down two public health emergencies – the overdose crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic – we must ensure that people who use drugs have the resources they need, when and where they need them.”
“Knowing the majority of people who use drugs use alone in shelters, hotels or at home, in addition to the challenges of physical distancing, the Lifeguard App is a new and innovative approach that can directly link people to emergency responders if an overdose does occur,” she said.
The app is activated by the user before they take their dose. After 50 seconds the app will sound an alarm. If the user doesn’t hit a button to stop the alarm, indicating they are fine, the alarm grows louder. After 75 seconds a text-to-voice call will go straight to 9-1-1, alerting emergency medical dispatchers of a potential overdose, the ministry said.
Interior Health had the second-highest rate of overdoses deaths out of any health authority in the province in 2020, according to data collected from January to April.
The app is being launched in regional health authorities in a phased approach between now and early June and is available in the Interior Health region as of today, May 25.
The Provincial Health Services Authority, B.C. Emergency Health Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, Overdose Emergency Response Centre and other regional health authorities have been working with Lifeguard Health for the (past two years) to test and pilot the app.
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